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This blog is to highlight the unjust persecution of legitimate non-TV users at the hands of TV Licensing. These people do not require a licence and are entitled to live without the unnecessary stress and inconvenience caused by TV Licensing's correspondence and employees.

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Tuesday, 5 March 2019

BBC Appoints New TV Licensing PR Harlots

The BBC has confirmed the appointment of six PR agencies to preach the gospel according to TV Licensing on a regional basis.

As you'll quickly realise, for all some of the agency names are very different the faces behind them certainly are not.

The lucky winners of this latest BBC turdfest are:
  • FleishmanHilliard Fishburn for the London and the South East region: FleishmanHilliard Fishburn was formed as a result of the merger of Fishburn Hedges, which held the previous London and the South East contract, and FleishmanHilliard. Given that they're in the PR business, you'd think they'd recognise what a ridiculous name FleishmanHilliard Fishburn is.
  • Smarts Communicate for the Scotland region: Smarts retains its existing contract.
  • MCE for the Northern Ireland region: MCE rode in like a white knight on a steed to pick up the broken pieces after the previous contract holder, Stakeholder Group, went bust.
  • SpottyDog Communications for the Midlands and East Anglia region: The previous contract holder was Clark Associates.
  • Aberfield for the Northern England region: The previous contract holder was Finn Communications.
  • Equinox for Wales and the South West region: The previous contract holder was Grayling.
The BBC said it was looking for agencies that understood the issues facing TV Licensing and could communicate with audiences efficiently and effectively. Clearly it doesn't think that former contract holders Clark Associates, Finn and Grayling can achieve those objectives.

As we have previously observed, TV Licensing PR harlots need the ability to cast even the most negative of TV Licensing stories in a positive light, so a flair for creative writing is essential. Over the years we have seen some very creative writing by TV Licensing's PR agencies.

The new agencies will begin work from 1st April and the contract terms are for three years with the possibility of up to two 12-month extensions, up to a maximum of five years in total. Each contract is thought to have a value of £2.5m over its lifetime.

Sian Healey, head of policy and communications for TV Licensing at the BBC, said: "This was a hard-fought procurement and the winning bidders were chosen on the basis of value for money and excellent quality for the licence fee payer. The work of the agencies shows a positive return on investment in licence sales as a direct result of their activity.

"The agencies play an important role in supporting TV Licensing by communicating when a licence is needed and ways to pay, including an extensive community relations campaign working with almost 500 organisations, to provide help and support to the public."

Let the TV Licensing turd polishing commence!

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Sunday, 3 March 2019

Sir Cliff Richard Seeks £1.5m Extra from BBC in Legal Fees

You might recall that on 14th August 2014 the BBC reported live on the search of Sir Cliff Richard's former Berkshire home.

Sir Cliff became the focus of police attention after an allegation that he had behaved improperly towards an adolescent boy at a 1980s Billy Graham evangelist rally in Sheffield. Owing to the Sheffield connection the Metropolitan Police, which was heading up Operation Yewtree nationally, passed the allegations to South Yorkshire Police for further investigation.

South Yorkshire Police obtained a warrant to search the pop legend's exclusive Sunningdale property. The police also colluded with the BBC to ensure that cameras were rolling the moment the warrant was executed.

To cut a long story short, Sir Cliff was cleared of any wrongdoing and awarded considerable compensation for the manner in which the BBC and South Yorkshire Police invaded his privacy and besmirched his name.

According to reports this weekend, Sir Cliff is now seeking an additional £1.5m from the BBC in legal fees after his company, Balladeer Ltd, identified a shortfall. Balladeer has already received £850k from the BBC.

According to Balladeer: "The company has incurred legal costs in defending the reputation of Sir Cliff Richard.

"The final award in respect of costs in relation to this case has not yet been determined by the Court and so it is impractical to include an estimate of this amount within these accounts."

Lawyers on both sides are currently thrashing out the final settlement details.

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Thursday, 28 February 2019

TV Licensing Accused of Bullying Millennial

The BBC has been slammed as a bully after sending no less than 11 angry letters to a non-viewing millennial.

PR consultant David Kuczora, 34, received an incessant stream of TV Licensing's caustic correspondence even though he had been in touch to confirm that he did not legally need a TV licence.

We should probably mention at this stage, for the benefit of any newcomers, that anyone who does not legally require a TV licence is under no legal obligation at all to TV Licensing. They do not need to confirm their no-TV status to TV Licensing. Indeed doing so, as David's case yet again proves, is a total waste of time.

The BBC, by virtue of the Broadcasting Act 1990, is the statutory Television Licensing Authority. The BBC retains full legal responsibility for all aspects of TV licence administration, collection and enforcement, which it does under the guise of TV Licensing. To put not too fine a point on it, every lie printed and threat issued by TV Licensing is authorised, approved and condoned by the BBC.

David told Metro.co.uk: "It's not that it is a letter, it's been more than ten, each more angry. I don't like the increasingly threatening language used in the previous ones I’ve received, such as they are launching an investigation or that have the right to turn up at any time and keep knocking on your door as long as they like."

To add insult to injury, earlier this week David received yet another letter from TV Licensing confirming, for the umpteenth time, that this really would be the last letter (apart from the other two or three already released into the system).

He added: "What is the cost of this? And every single letter they send? Why are they saying there will be one further letter saying I won't be written to again?"

The BBC has previously confirmed that the postal cost of each letter, not including printing, folding and sorting costs, was 18.3 pence in 2011/12. The price is likely to be much higher at today's prices.

TV Licensing sends out an average of 100,000 threatening reminder letters to unlicensed properties every working day, despite acknowledging that more than 80% of those are destined for properties with no legal requirement for a TV licence.

A BBC TV Licensing spokesperson said: "TV Licensing does its best not to trouble people who do not need a licence. If we are told a licence is not required, we will only get in touch again after two years to check circumstances have not changed."

The lying bastards!

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